The three German national supercomputing centres in Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich (JSC) and Garching (LRZ) 0 joined forces in 2007 and founded the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. This alliance provides one of the largest and most powerful supercomputer infrastructures in Europe – serving all scientific disciplines. The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) e.V. is a registered non-profit association. The activities of the association are regulated by its statutes. The main focus is the development of a national multi petaflop supercomputing infrastructure as a part of the European High Performance Computing initiatives. A board of directors consisting of representatives of the centres leads the association. The Chairman works with the research centres to develop the association’s general strategy and represents the association n. The registered place of business is in Berlin and the main office is located in Bonn next to the main governmental and scientific research organisations. The office in Bonn supports the Chairman in the duties he performs for the members of the association. Todate the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing is the responsible project partner of the largest German supercomputing program with a planned budget of € 400 m.
In PRACE-1IP the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing represents Germany. The GCS members BADW-LRZ and HLRS will be Third Parties to GCS under special clause 10. As coordinator of PRACE-1IP, the GCS member JUELICH is a separate beneficiary without voting rights in the PMB.